WhatsApp introduces one-on-one voice calling for desktop app

Coral Murphy Marcos, USA TODAY
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WhatsApp is introducing desktop voice calling for one-on-one conversations with your contacts.

The desktop feature, which was already available for mobile devices, offers end-to-end encryption, so only people on the call can hear what's said. The current version of the desktop app does not include video or group calling, and WhatsApp said they will be expanding this feature "in the future."

"With so many people still apart from their loved ones, and adjusting to new ways of working, we want conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible, regardless of where you are in the world or the tech you’re using," reads a blog post from the company.

WhatsApp introduces private and secure calling from the desktop
WhatsApp introduces private and secure calling from the desktop

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WhatsApp users calling from their desktops will have a resizable standalone window of the call on their computer screens for easy navigation through other tabs or windows.

Windows users must have Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer to use the feature, while Mac users must have macOS 10.13 and newer to make the calls through their desktops.

Last New Year’s Eve, WhatsApp broke the record for the most calls ever made in a single day with 1.4 billion voice and video calls, according to the company.

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